It was a month ago when the beta built of the popular WhatsApp messenger application went live. The beta app came with the version 2.16.318 and today the company has confirmed that it is going to roll out the video calling feature on Android, iOS and Windows platform. We have seen video calling feature on Facebook messenger earlier and after the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook we could expect more and more changes.
This will be a good news to all the WhatsApp users since they can make video calls without having to switch to other apps. There is a possibility for this application to go live very soon across all the platforms with in next few days. Stay tuned to phoneradar and comment in the section below if you have more queries on the same.
Earlier: October 25th, After months of rumors and leaks, the video calling option is finally live on WhatsApp Android app. But as of now its only limited to the latest beta app with the version 2.16.318. A couple of days back, it was first spotted on the beta version of the Windows Phone app. As earlier rumors suggested the full-fledged app with video calling might first go live on iOS. Whereas the voice calling that was introduced, last year came first on Android platform. To make a video call, both the users need to be on the latest beta version, if not it shows the “couldn’t place call” error.
Since it’s in beta, the more features can be added to the final update or the upcoming beta versions. As of now, there is a separate video calling button, you need to click on phone icon which earlier makes a voice call, but now its shows voice call and video call options. While on a video call, the user can switch the camera, mute the audio, and send a message; but sending a message will pause the video call. In case the user at the other end rejected the voice call, you get three options – cancel, call again, and record a voice message. These are the same options that are available even when the voice call is declined.
In May this year, we had exclusively posted about the WhatsApp video calling going live on Android. While there is an option to make a video call on that particular beta app, the feature was disabled at the server end, and even the option are removed in the next update. Talking about the call quality, it is not comparable with same experience what you get on Google Duo. The video will be paused in the middle even with a good internet connection, and the audio quality is not as good as a voice call. And importantly the WhatsApp video call doesn’t come with ‘Knock Knock’ feature where the video preview of the caller will be shown even before answering.
Update: some users are able to make a video call even on the version 2.16.316.
If you have updated to the latest beta version from above and still can’t make the video calls, share your problem by commenting below.